Degree in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1999
PhD in Molecular Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2007
Postdoctoral fellow at the AIDS Immunopathology Unit (Instituto de Salud Carlos III)
During my first years of my undergraduate studies I felt very attracted to the many exciting developments that were happening at that time in molecular biology. For that reason, I decided to specialize in that field to focus my efforts toward starting a research career after my studies. In the summer of the fourth year of my degree I made an internship in a research lab in the Analytical Chemistry Department at the University.
I was interested in translational research. So, I joined Jose Alcamí’s research lab as a predoctoral fellow. My thesis focused on the study of the HIV envelope and on the evolution of viral tropism. I got some of these results at Dr Quentin Sattentau´s lab at the University of Oxford. As a postdoctoral fellow, in addition to continuing with the study of the mechanisms of HIV entry, I have expanded my interest to the broad neutralizing antibodies. During a stay in Dr. John Mascola´s lab at the NIH (Bethesda, USA), I learned various novel techniques that allowed the isolation and characterization of several antibodies discovered in recent years. This knowledge has allowed us to establish new collaborations and projects. And thanks to the techniques we have developed to measure the neutralizing activity, we have participated in clinical trials for the development of a vaccine against HIV.